One of the biggest roadblocks for a personal blender to become an all-arounder is crushing ice cubes. That’s why this test is where differences between blenders are significantly highlighted. It is also a necessity indicative of how versatile your machine is in the real world, among other features.
Why The Test Matters
This test is important because it directly indicates a blender’s versatility. As the toughest ingredients, crushing whole ice cubes is a real challenge for even a high-powered blender. So if there is any machine that can get this job done, it won’t certainly have any trouble handling other solid foods.
Beyond the implication for versatility, this test is also an answer for durability, sniffing out problems that tend to crop up under heavy-duty use. Does the blender finish its task with snow-like crushed ice, or will it end up with basic wear and tear?
In a less comprehensive manner, you will love our testing results if you’re seeking a personal blender that can effortlessly power through ice cubes for your cocktails or ice-based desserts like shaved ice and snow cones.
Testing Recipe: 1 Serving
- 6 oz whole ice cubes
We add all the ice cubes into the blending cup and pulse until they are fully blended. When necessary, we may need to shake the cup in between pulses to ensure even blending.
Note: Before beginning the test, we check the user manual for any instructions about using the blender with whole ice cubes. If there is a device whose manual specifically stated not to try this sort of blend, we skip the test considering that blender had failed it. We also award it zero points in this category.
This test is worth 10% of the total score. We rate each blender’s performance on a 0-10 scale. Scoring factors are the amount of unblended ice and its fineness.
The Amount of Unblended Ice
After the blender churns out its best possible result, we pull out the ice into the plate and check for the outcome. If there are remaining partially blended chunks, we measure their weight and determine the percentage of incompletion by dividing that weight by total weight (6 oz) and multiplying by 100. If the percentage of unblended ice is around:
- 10% or less: The blender will receive 10 points
- 20%: 9 points
- 30%: 8 points
- 40%: 7 points
- 50%: 6 points
- < 50%: 0 points (Failed)
The Crushed Ice Fineness
The fineness always fell into one of three variants. We don’t have a specific score for each variant, but consider it a factor for grading the final score.
- Very fine: Such ices are fluffy, slush, and snow-like. If a blender can reach that perfection, its final score is calculated according to the amount of unblended ice.
- Fine: If the crushed ice comes out soft but a bit chewy, its final score is the percentage of incomplete score deducing one point.
- Coarse: The ice is very chewy ice so its final score is the percentage of incomplete score deducing two points.